Friday, July 6, 2018

Short Sea and Logistics Group Moves Container Operations Up the Road

Relocation from South to North Side of Humber Estuary
Shipping News Feature
UK – ICELAND – Short sea specialist Samskip Iceland has announced that it is changing ports in the UK on July 16, moving just a few miles 'up the road' from Immingham to Hull. Samskip says that it is already the Port of Hull's largest customer, where transportation to and from Iceland and the company's logistics network in Europe will now meet. Each year Samskip transports over 100,000 container units through the Port of Hull, making it Samskip's second largest port, following Rotterdam. Guðmundur Þór Gunnarsson, Samskip Iceland's COO of Operations, commented:

“The Port of Hull offers its clients excellent service and facilities, to our customers' benefit. The relocation means shortened stay in port for our ships, which translates to better services to our customers. The only change the relocation brings our customers is better service. Everything else remains unchanged.”

With the ports of Hull and Immingham being relatively near each other, separated only by the Humber Estuary, there will be no changes relating to Samskip's reception of general cargo. Samskip's warehouse placement is also unchanged.

The history of seaborne trade in Hull reaches all the way back to the 13th century. However, the Hull Dock Company was formed in 1773 and Hull's first dock built. The port is now owned by Associated British Ports (ABP) and according to latest numbers services around 9.3 million tonnes of cargo annually.

With these changes shipping routes to and from Iceland now connect with Samskip's logistics network in Europe in two key ports, Hull and Rotterdam. The company says that the changes open new possibilities in connecting Samskip's customers in Iceland with Samskip's network in Europe.

Photo: Immingham to Hull is but a short hop north across the Humber Bridge.